How to get a great Headshot

In the run up to the third annual CDA Casting Awards, celebrating the art of casting and honouring the work of the casting director, we have gathered the best tips from some of this year's nominees.

Headshot Tips by Claire Catterson

  1. A good photograph is confident, warm with a true likeness and expression to the artist.
  2. The headshot should be a recent shot of the artist, head and shoulders etc. Avoid photoshop as casting directors / directors want to see the real you.
  3. Keep a neutral appearance.
  4. 2 or 3 strong images is enough to give an indication of you and your personality.
  5. Consider your wardrobe / make up, avoid anything that could be distracting, keep things neutral and wear colours that complement you.
  6. Find out how much time at the session you have and how many photographs you will get out of it.

Claire Catterson trained as an actor and has been casting for over 15 years working on a variety of projects from Commercials, Music Videos and Feature Films. She has won British Arrow Craft and D&AD Awards and actively encourages discovering new talent and supporting established actors.

Nominated for: Best Casting of an Online / Branded Content Commercial (over 60 sec), Best Casting of a Single Still, Best Casting of a Music Video.

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